What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H.R. 2559. Fiscal 2004 Military Construction Appropriations/Vote to Prevent Consideration of an Amendment to the Military Construction Spending Bill Which Would Provide Funding to Build and/or Renovate the Living and Work Spaces of Military Families. (2003 house Roll Call 324)
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H.R. 2559. Fiscal 2004 Military Construction Appropriations/Vote to Prevent Consideration of an Amendment to the Military Construction Spending Bill Which Would Provide Funding to Build and/or Renovate the Living and Work Spaces of Military Families.
house Roll Call 324     Jun 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The subject of this vote was a motion to order the previous question (thereby ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on a spending bill to fund military construction efforts in 2004. The military construction spending bill provides funding for a wide range of projects, such as constructing or renovating living spaces for military families and building new military bases. Progressives voted against the motion to end debate because they wanted a vote on an amendment proposed by Congressman Obey (D-WI); if passed, the motion to order the previous question would have prevented consideration of the Obey amendment. The Obey amendment would have increased spending in the bill by ten percent to fund the construction and/or renovation of homes and workplaces of servicemen and their families. The costs of Obey's amendment would have been paid for by reducing the amount provided in the Bush Administration's 2003 tax cuts-which disproportionately benefit the nation's wealthiest individuals-by an equivalent amount. Democrats voted unanimously against the motion to end debate and the possibility of amendment on the military construction bill but the motion passed 220-200 which prevented House floor consideration of the Obey amendment.

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